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Old 12-04-2013, 10:59 PM
 
Location: East coast
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Seems like an idea that goes around is that marketing and fashion purposely sells and makes women's clothes less durable and more "disposable" because they intend that they will be discarded soon for the next "fashion trend", while men's clothing is more practical and utilitarian and sticks around to have a longer career before cast aside.

Isn't it kind of sad and ironic that, if the stereotype is true, ironically while men don't love their clothes as much as women do, their well-loved clothes last longer, women's clothes have short lives and theirs are in need of replacement more.

Do you think this stereotype is true from any of your experiences, whatever gender you are?
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Old 12-05-2013, 04:10 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I'm a man and I wished my clothes lasted longer...
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Old 12-05-2013, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Europe
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Yes.
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:18 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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In my experience, this perception comes from the fact that we men don't care if there is a hole in our sock, ragged bottom of the jeans, or hole under the arm in a T-shirt. They "last" longer because we keep and wear them past their prime. Meanwhile women tend to replace clothes just because the color is out-of-style or there is a small stain that won't come out.
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Old 12-05-2013, 02:20 PM
 
Location: NY
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Item for item, I am not sure that is true. Are comparable mens and women's jeans any more or less durable for one gender? Or slacks? etc? I think women tend to wear more clothing items I would term as "delicate" as a preference, and being more delicate they are more prone to wearing out faster. However, that doesn't mean there aren't comparably durable things... just that durability is not as high on the list of "must haves" for women compared to men.
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Old 12-05-2013, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I think there is truth to this statement. There is an assumption that women have lots of clothing and rotate them less compared to men.
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:13 PM
 
Location: all over the place (figuratively)
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It seems like women's clothes aren't meant to last and that they tend to be thinner and be made of cheap synthetics (for stretch and color dying purposes, I suppose). "Seems" because I've hardly handled female clothing in my life.
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:40 PM
 
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I can say it is true, because I am a avid Zara's fan and from 2000 to now... prices didn't stop to rise and quality didn't stop to fall.

It depends on the brand, of course, because you'll always have the brands to buy your essentials and they will last, but some brands base their profile in selling trends and trends only last a season or two. So if you are a Zara shopper, like me, you won't miss the skirt that went old after 2 years because you are looking for the next skirt.
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